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Unreasonably Dangerous

A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against Yamaha USA, Yamaha Manufacturing, and Yamaha Motor, saying the Rhino ATV is unreasonably dangerous, according to a report in the Southeast Texas Record. Ryan Rogers was injured while riding in a Yamaha Rhino on relatively flat ground when the ATV rolled toward the passenger side, the Record reports. According to the paper, the suit alleges the ATV was “in a defective condition, unreasonably dangerous” and “not fit for its intended use and reasonably foreseeable purposes.” Causes of actions filed against the defendants include strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The report ... Read More

2 million elderly victims

“Every day, American families face difficult decisions about whether to move a loved one into a nursing home. There are nearly 17,000 nursing homes in the United States that currently care for 1.6 million residents — a figure expected to quadruple to 6.6 million residents by 2050. The quality of care provided by these nursing homes has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years.” – U.S. Congress Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chairman Henry A. Waxman, 110th Congress According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), no one knows precisely how many older Americans are being ... Read More

Dark side of Chantix comes to light

Once hailed as a miracle drug for helping people to stop smoking, Pfizer’s Chantix has recently raised concerns as reports surface that it may have a disturbing side effect – suicidal thoughts and actions. A report in the New Jersey Star-Ledger notes that the FDA is investigating reports of a number of serious psychological side effects. In additon to suicidal actions, reports include agitation and depression. As a result of these reports, the FDA issued a public advisory, and required new safety warnings on the label. However, the FDA said it is still not sure if the side effects are ... Read More

Lead shocks send patient to psychiatrist

A patient affected by Medtronic’s 2007 recall of defibrillator leads is suing the company, claiming unnecessary shocks led to post-traumatic stress syndrome that required psychiatric treatment. Plaintiff Donald Jackson received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator containing a Sprint Fidelis lead in 2006, which he says gave him unexpected and medically unnecessary shocks, causing excruciating pain. The shocks caused “great physical, emotional and psychological suffering and extreme anxiety,” placing Jackson in “imminent apprehension of death,” the complaint says. It adds that Jackson is now prescribed mood-stabilizing drugs. And, as a result of problems with the lead, he has an increased risk of ... Read More

GSK Sent Avandia meta analysis before publication

GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia is once again making the headlines after it was revealed that the peer reviewer looking at the now-notorious meta-analysis on the diabetes drug’s safety profile leaked a confidential copy of the article to the firm before it was published in the New England Journal of Medicine Details of this strange turn of events were about to be published in the journal Nature before US Senator Charles Grassley broke its embargo and issued a letter written to GSK asking the firm what action it had taken on receiving the article from Steven Haffner of the University of Texas Health ... Read More

Recalled heart implant gives man shock of his life

In early December, Jerry Jackson received the shock of his life. Or six. The 63-year-old Mineola resident was sweeping crumbs off the bed where his granddaughter sat when a sudden surge in his chest caused him to twist in agony. His implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD) had sent 800 volts of electricity into his heart muscle, a jolt doctors compare to being kicked by a horse. Then it did it again. And again. “I was hollering every time it hit me,” Jackson said. “It hit me six times … it’s a good wallop. I began to think it wasn’t going to ... Read More

Diabetes drug Avandia could weaken bones

Avandia, a drug used by millions of diabetes patients, may contribute to bone loss, according to a new study conducted in mice. Experts fear that, over the long term, Avandia (rosiglitazone) may speed osteoporosis, the thinning of the bones that can lead to dangerous and even fatal fractures. The findings appear in the Dec. 2 online issue of Nature Medicine. “Our study suggests that long-term rosiglitazone usage in the treatment of type II diabetes may cause osteoporosis due to both increased bone resorption and decreased bone formation,” said study senior author Ron Evans, a professor at the Salk Institute for ... Read More

Paxil Maker Sued Over Child Born with Severe Birth Defects

The parents of a two-year old boy have filed a lawsuit against the maker of Paxil, alleging that the mother’s use of the antidepressant during pregnancy cause her son to be born with severe heart defects. Anthony and Matilda Vasquez of Bedford, Texas, sued Philadelphia- based Glaxo-SmithKline on behalf of their son, Adrian. The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania state court, is seeking unspecified damages for failing to warn pregnant women about the risks of taking Paxil. During the last month of her pregnancy, Vasquez learned, while receiving an ultrasound to determine the sex of her baby, that there was something ... Read More